The New York Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will fight it out in one of four late afternoon starts on Sunday in the NFL for Week 4. The game takes place from the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, and has a scheduled start time of 4.05 p.m. ET. The game can be watched on TV on the Fox network, or online through live stream (details below).
It is already make or break time for the Giants as they enter Week 4 without a win yet, and staring into the abyss of another lost season. This is as close it gets to a must-win situation without it actually being so, as if the Giants drop to 0-4 then they are almost certainly guaranteed to wave goodbye to the postseason this year.
They face a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that has only played two games to this point, as their opening game was postponed, however, they have already picked up their first win, and will feel that they have a good shot at moving up to 2-1 today against a struggling New York team.
New York have had the best of the recent history between the two teams though, and they have won the past five contests between the pair, including a postseason game back in 2007.
The Buccaneers have to look way back to 2003 since their last victory over the Giants, and even though the Giants are winless coming into today's game, they must be weary of the threat posed by they rivals here.
The Giants have shown some life in offense recently, and last week their passing game looked like it was finally clicking into place. Tampa Bay have just one lone sack so far this season, so they are not the best at getting in the quarterback's face. That may leave Eli Manning with the opportunity to have a little more time on the ball that he has had in recent weeks, and if so he may be able to punish the Buccaneers.
Earlier this week, the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears got Week 4 off to a start on NFL Thursday Night Football. However, the contest was not as competitive as most neutrals would have liked, and the Packers eased to a comfortable 35-14 victory.
Packers' quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, threw for four touchdown passes, with two finding Jordy Nelson for touchdowns.
The result moved the Packer to 3-1, which leaves them in a solid position as they look to consolidate their good start to the season over the coming month and ensure they get one hand on a postseason spot as soon as possible.
However, for the Bears the season is quickly slipping away from them, and their third loss of the season sees them drop to 1-3, and it now seems a long way back for them to even get to a level record.
The Packers were in front right from the start in Thursday's game, and quickly jumped out to a 14-0 lead following Aaron Rodgers leading them to an opening drive touchdown.
There was a 45 minute delay in the game due to a lightning strike, however, not even that could shock the Bears into life, and they limply gave up the game to a far superior side.
One major area that the Bears must fix asap is Mike Glennon; things are simply not working. Glennon gave up four turnovers on the night, with two interceptions and two lost fumbles. That simply isn't good enough and there's little hope for the Bears to get a result when they give the ball away so consistently for free. Those four turnovers directly led to 21 of the Packers' points, which shows how costly each was. Now through the opening four games of the season, Glennon has given up eight turnovers; something must be done.
Tonight's game between the New York Giants and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has a scheduled start time of 4.05 p.m. ET and can be watched on TV on the Fox network, or online through live stream by clicking here.